Eighteen years ago the Major League Baseball team moves into new stadium digs, known as cutting edge for its retractable roof and acknowledged as an economic magnet for the businesses built on blocks surrounding the facility in downtown Phoenix.Read More »
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Greater Phoenix has increasingly become a destination for MLB teams to prepare for the season. Seven ballclubs called the Valley their spring training home in 2002.Read More »
Critics of a polarizing immigration law in Arizona protested the legislation Tuesday in triple-digit heat outside Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in downtown Phoenix, drawing sideways glances from fans who were more interested in getting to the game.Read More »
Critics of a polarizing immigration law in Arizona plan to stake out Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday despite triple-digit heat.Read More »
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging baseball's All-Stars to speak out against the Arizona immigration law, saying they should follow the example set by Jackie Robinson when he broke the game's color barrier more than a half-century ago.Read More »
Sports and politics became intertwined when civil rights activists targeted the Super Bowl as they fought Arizona's refusal to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in the early 1990s.
Two decades later, Arizona is again caught in a tangle of balls and bills. The focal point this time is the state's illegal immigration laws, and the forum for dissent is Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
Sen. Frank Antenori is going to bat for a proposal that could help cities retain spring training baseball and spur economic development, but to get it through the Legislature he must overcome the skepticism of a powerful committee chairman, the ghosts of a much-maligned project in Tucson and the state’s historic hostility toward tax increment financing.Read More »
Russell Pearce and other SB 1070 supporters are sending off 70,000 petition signatures urging Major League Baseball to ignore “critics and activists” they say are endangering plans to hold the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix.Read More »
At the Major League Baseball All-Star game on July 13, Commissioner Bud Selig was heavily pressured to move next year’s game from Phoenix because of Arizona’s immigration law.Read More »
The Arizona Diamondbacks are thrusting themselves into the immigration spotlight, despite the team’s repeated efforts to stay out of the fervor involving the state’s new law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants.Read More »